Kids and adults alike are excited about the chance to get all sorts of goodies in those trick or treat bags tonight. Elementary school kids could also use all this treat gathering as a way to enhance their growing math and graphing skills. Addition, subtraction and multiplication exercises could be a great way to supplement the math instruction happening in your child's classroom each day. Ask your trick or treaters to sort their candy by size, color, or type.
What about making up some funny Halloween-inspired word problems using those piles of candy sitting on the table?
There are probably plenty of imaginatively inspired shopping games that your kids would enjoy using the candy and a bunch of coins.
After the final tally of candy, your kids can make up a ghoulishly accurate graph of each candy type that they managed to get on this "spooky" night.
Many parents, educators and dentists will be happy to see that the candy can be used for educational purposes and not just for sticking in your kids' teeth.
Happy Halloween and Happy Counting to all those young mathematicians in training out there.